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Budget woes at the New Mexico Department of Health are forcing a public health office in Albuquerque to close. 

The Alamosa Public Health clinic in southwest Albuquerque provides immunizations, STD screening, family planning and other services. Clients seeking help there are often low-income or uninsured.

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Santa Fe Archbishop: US Detention Policy WrongAssociated Press

Santa Fe Roman Catholic Archbishop John Wester says the federal government isn't giving detained immigrants due process and called on U.S. officials to change that.

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A congressional committee that is investigating abortion providers nationally that supply fetal tissue to researchers asked several clinics to hand over documents. On Monday, an Albuquerque clinic provided just about all of the info that was requested—except for one thing.

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Family Of Man Shot Outside Home Sends Feds LetterAssociated Press

The family of a man shot outside his home as deputy U.S. marshals sought to arrest a homicide suspect nearby has sent a letter to federal officials, saying they have been stonewalled while requesting answers in the case.

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New Mexico has one of the highest overdose death rates in the country, and recent spikes in the state’s numbers have been linked to the abuse of prescription opiates. But a drug that reverses overdoses is about to become more widely available.

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Colorado Officials Take Key Step In Gold King Mine Cleanup Durango Herald, Associated Press

The Silverton town trustees and San Juan County commissioners have voted to seek a Superfund designation to clean up of dozens of old Colorado mines, including one that tainted rivers in three states.

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Study Low-Cost Loans To State Employees — PASSED

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Hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans don’t have enough food to eat. A lot of those people also have expensive medical conditions that can make buying food even harder.

A new program is trying to bridge that gap, by getting healthy food to people suffering from chronic health problems.

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Behavioral health funding in New Mexico took about a $4 million hit at the end of last week’s legislative session. But the Human Services Department may have asked for even less money than that.

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State legislators passed a budget, created a REAL-ID driver's license fix, cracked down on DWI and child porn and advanced bail reform. But did they do anything to reverse the tide of indicators that New Mexicans have lost faith in state government? We look at what lawmakers did, or didn't do, to restore the public trust. 

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New Mexico Gov. Martinez Formally Requests REAL ID Waiver

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has formally requested a waiver from federal REAL ID requirements after state lawmakers passed a bill to revise the state's driver's license law.

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Budget Woes Could Call New Mexico Lawmakers Back To Work-Associated Press

New Mexico's Legislature could be called back to the capitol for a special session later this year if state revenues continue their downward slide.

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There’s been a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. And the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the number of hate groups in the U.S. increased by 14 percent in 2015.

Local human rights activist Samia Assed says it’s a pivotal time in American history for defining who we are as a nation.

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The NM Legislature wrapped up another session. KUNM's Chris Boros speaks with Gwyneth Doland about what happened and what didn’t happen.

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New Mexico’s Democratic congressional delegation is calling for a federal investigation into the shakeup of the state’s behavioral health system.

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Mexico, which counts him among its most prominent living artists, is honoring Federico Ibarra's 70th birthday in 2016 with a yearlong series of concerts and performances.  The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is taking part in that celebration by welcoming Ibarra for a three-day musical residency in early March.

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Lawmakers Wrap Up 2016 Session – Albuquerque Journal, The Associated Press

The New Mexico Legislature has adjourned after a 30-day legislative session. The House and Senate wrapped up work yesterday with major political compromises in place to revise driver's licenses for immigrants, overhaul the state's bail bond system and trim spending next year.

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Lawmakers voted Wednesday to study a plan that would make small dollar loans available to state employees. At 26 percent interest, the loans would offer options for low income borrowers who have traditionally turned to high interest storefront loans.

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A congressional investigation into researchers who use fetal tissue and the abortion clinics that provide the tissue has recently expanded to include New Mexico.

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The legislative session ended at noon on Thursday, Feb. 18, and even though funding was scarce, lawmakers found money to process sexual assault evidence that’s been piling up around the state. 

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Lawmakers are wrapping up a 30-day session in Santa Fe Thursday. They’ve hammered out a budget, moved forward on some crime-fighting bills and spent time debating anti-corruption proposals. 

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UNM Researchers Have Low-Cost Method To Battle Zika – Albuquerque Journal

University of New Mexico researchers are looking to patent and produce a concoction of lemon grass oil and yeast to battle the Zika virus.

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In the final hours of the 2016 session, lawmakers are scrambling to push legislation through and finish the budget. Several measures would address the almost 5,500 untested rape kits in the state, including one that creates a task force to help survivors and ensure their rights.

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A bill to toughen curfew rules for kids in New Mexico failed in the legislature Tuesday night. 

House Bill 29 would have let local governments set their own curfews for minors. It made it through the House of Representatives, but got derailed by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week when it failed on a 6-4 vote.

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Changes to the way the courts handle bail passed both chambers of the state Legislature as of Wednesday morning and will be on the ballot in November. 

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A state House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that would give political candidates and elected officials clearer guidelines on how they can spend money from their campaign accounts. It's been an embarrassing problem for the state.

Lobbyist Reform Proposal Fails

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A senate committee killed a proposal Tuesday that would have required lobbyists to disclose more about how they influence lawmakers in Santa Fe.

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The state Senate halted an attempt to create an ethics commission on Tuesday that would have overseen the legislative and executive branches.

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$1M Donation To Boost Restoration Efforts Along Rio Grande – Associated Press

A $1 million donation from a nonprofit group is expected to triple the acres thinned along the Rio Grande Valley in northern New Mexico and help leverage more funding for restoration projects.

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More than 20 organizations joined together Tuesday to call on lawmakers not to cut funding for behavioral health services. 

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